I installed GNU Octave 4.0.0 by compiling from source as explained here. However the GUI does not work - that is, if I click on the Octave Icon, nothing happens. However, when I start Octave from terminal all it's fine, but still no GUI. The same question as been asked here, but the answers don't seem to solve the issue. I have elementary OS 0.3.1 Freya (64-bit).

Any help is much appreciated.

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    I've installed Octave in my VM by using the official PPA and it worked like a charm, take a look. Is there a particular reason, why you chose to compile Octave by yourself instead of using the PPA? It's a huge application with a lot of dependencies, you are probebly missing some of them.
    – Rafael
    Sep 29, 2015 at 14:54
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    have you tried octave --force-gui
    – Ravan
    Oct 9, 2015 at 6:13

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I've installed the QtOctave that you can find in Software Center in elementary OS Freya and it works normally.

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